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October 27, 2021
After 15 years of leadership, MadArt Founder Alison Milliman is stepping away from her position at the institution's helm to focus on other endeavors. MadArt is a contemporary arts organization. In her departure, Emily Kelly, MadArt Director + Curator since 2017, will transition into having full strategic and creative oversight of the organization's operations and programming. Milliman's founding vision for MadArt was to support emerging artists in making new work that promotes the expansion of their professional practice. This provided a foundation for experimentation, innovation, and unlikely collaborations that have defined MadArt over the last decade. Throughout her tenure, Milliman has shepherded the organization into a nationally recognized contemporary art space that has directly supported over 75 artists through the commissioning of new and compelling works.
Emily Kelly and the MadArt team will continue to honor Milliman's intentions while broadening programming and cultural partnerships to reflect the ever-evolving pulse of the arts community. Working closely with artists, visitors, and staff, Kelly has curated nationally acclaimed exhibitions, grown the studio's audience, and expanded MadArt's educational outreach by inviting schools and students to use the studio as a learning tool and curricular resource.